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Mentorship Appointments Schedule 2024

Mentorship appointments are now available from mid-May to mid-July 2024. Scroll down for the schedule, registration info and frequently asked questions.

To view availability and sign up for an appointment, please click here. All appointments are in Eastern time. Remember to sign up for only ONE slot so that we can make this program available to as many people as possible.

Please check back in June for appointments from July to September.If you have other questions, please contact [email protected].


Jeshuaven Castillo is a Dominican-American writer and director from Richfield, Minnesota. After earning his master’s degree in screenwriting from Boston University, he went on to pursue a career in teaching the craft, while keeping up with his own stories. Jeshuaven hopes to inspire young writers to tell their stories as well.

Interests and expertise: Screenwriting, Short or flash fiction, romance, horror, sci-fi, mystery, thriller, drrama

Appointments:

  • Saturday June 1, 1:00-2:00 PM ET (Zoom)
  • Saturday June 22, 1:00-2:00 PM ET (Zoom)


Heather Nelson is a local teacher and poet with years of experience mentoring writers of all ages and experience levels with their work. She is especially interested in constructive feedback, finding your own writing voice, developing a writing community and getting your work out into the world through readings and publication.

Interests and expertise: Poetry

Appointments:

  • Wednesday June 5, 12:00-2:00 PM ET (Zoom or in-person at the Seaport)


Javier Sinay is an author and journalist. His books include The Murders of Moises Ville (Restless Books, 2022; nominated for Book of the Year, 2023 CrimeCon C.L.U.E. Awards and chosen as one of the best books of the year by CrimeReads.com).

Interests and expertise: Personal Essay, Book-length Memoir, Literary Journalism "--Crónica (Latin American Literary or Narrative Journalism mixed with Essay and eventually Memoir); Literary or Narrative Journalism; Essay; Personal Essay; Memoir; Travelogue & Travel Writing; Latinx Nonfiction Literature; Nonfiction Literature; Flash nonfiction; Journalism; Journaling; the Art of Doing Interviews; the Art of Editing nonfiction; True Crime; Blurred memories at Memoir; how to write nonfiction using a thrilling First Person; the Beginning: How to open your nonfiction piece with attitude; Latin American Political: Non Fiction Writing From a Turbulent Region

Appointments:

  • Tuesday June 18, 6:00-7:30 PM ET (Zoom)
  • Tuesday June 25, 6:00-7:30 PM ET (Zoom)


Milo Todd (he/him) manages The Queer Writer newsletter, is the Managing Editor of Fiction for Foglifter Journal, and instructs the nine-month Novel Immersive for LGBTQ+ Writers. His debut novel of queer historical fiction, The Lilac People, will publish with Counterpoint in Spring/Summer 2025.

Interests and expertise: Long-form fiction and novels, Short or flash fiction, Publishing, Promotion/Marketing, Young Adult Literature ; LGBTQ+ fiction

Appointments:

  • Thursday May 23, 5:30-7:00 PM ET (Zoom)
  • Monday July 1, 5:00-7:00 PM ET (Zoom)


Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost for a Mentorship appointment?

Thanks to our generous donors, Mentorship appointments are free to students. We also hope to grow this program in the future. As we are compensating mentors for their time, it’s important that students turn up for their appointments. If you can’t make it for an appointment after signing up, please email [email protected] so that we can release the appointment and someone else can use the time.

Where will Mentorship appointments be held?

Mentorship appointments take place either in person at the Seaport or remotely on Zoom. You will receive a reminder email 3 to 5 days before your appointment.

If you have an in-person appointment, it will contain details about the classroom location and parking or transport reimbursement. If you have a Zoom appointment, you will receive two emails: the reminder email, and an email with the Zoom link 15 minutes before the appointment begins.

What’s the best way to use these appointments?

We suggest that students prepare a list of questions in advance. It’s best to keep your questions focused and specific, like: “I am having X challenge with my plot/protagonist and have tried these things without breaking through. Do you have suggestions for how I can try to resolve this?”

Students will also have the opportunity to submit questions in advance to help their mentor prepare. This is optional during the registration process but highly recommended, as it can make the meeting even more productive.

Please note that the 30-minute appointments are actually 25 minutes; the last 5 minutes are to allow time to transition from one appointment to another.

Can I use my appointment time to get on-the-spot feedback on manuscript pages?

If you choose to use your time for this, sure! However, given that the appointment is for 25 minutes, it may be challenging to get meaningful feedback within this structure. The mentor is not being compensated for any outside work before or after these appointments, and we don’t expect or require them to complete any projects outside of the appointment times.

You might want to consider another program that might be better suited for manuscript reviews. Consider a Muse & the Marketplace Manuscript Mart appointment where you submit work ahead of time for feedback on several pages. Scholarships are available! There are other manuscript consultation programs available at GrubStreet as well.

How many appointments can I sign up for?

Please sign up for only ONE appointment. If you would like a second appointment, please check the schedule one week before that particular appointment. If it is still available then, you may register for it.

What if I miss my appointment or arrive late?

If you know you can’t make your appointment, please email [email protected] and let us know. We will release the appointment and another person can use the time. Last-minute cancellations or no-shows cannot be rescheduled. If an unexpected emergency arises, we’ll do our best to reschedule, though we can’t make guarantees.

If unfortunately, you miss your appointment, remember that more Mentorship appointments will be offered later this year, and you can sign up again.

What if I have a suggestion or feedback about my appointment or the Mentorship program?

Everyone will receive a survey within a week of their appointment. If you would like to submit feedback outside of a survey, please write to [email protected].